Saturday, 22 July 2017

A poem by Caroline Am Bergris

Potholing Disorder


Eat
inside, a cave
Eat
experienced emptiness
rammed with food,
faster than it can be absorbed
Eat
always hungry
never hungry
Eat
can’t waiting
to drown
in sugar, salt, grease
Eat
a portion of light
reaches down
Replete
groundwater glints
Replete
purple manganese
draped
over iron red popcorn
Replete
milky soda straws
tinged with algae
Replete
experienced fullness
inside, a cathedral
Replete

Replete.
















Caroline Am Bergris' first job was as a church organist at aged 11; she continued with music, also studying philosophy, theology, anthropology and sociology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She wrote satirical comedy for radio and theatre and worked as a mediator and trainer. She was disabled by an accident at 29, has mental health problems which meant being sectioned and living rough and has also had to flee to a domestic violence refuge. She has been published by various journals, is a loose member of the Pitshanger Poets collective and has been mentored by Cinnamon Press.

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